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Release Date: 04/24/2017
Mayor-President Broome addresses resignation of CAO; announces Dr. James Llorens as interim
Janene Tate, Communications Director
Mayor-President Broome addresses resignation of chief administrative officer; announces Dr. James Llorens as interim
BATON ROUGE, La. — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome today addressed the resignation of her recent choice of chief administrative officer and ways she will move forward with the top office in her cabinet.
“Last week, I announced the appointment of Troy Bell as my chief administrative officer. As the week unfolded, more information emerged about his professional history and academic credentials,” Broome said. “It became obvious, even after a number of meetings and talking with the mayor of the last city where Mr. Bell was employed, that additional vetting should have occurred. I made a mistake with this important hire and I accept full responsibility.
Mr. Bell was not the person that this city and parish deserved. I immediately accepted his resignation before the close of business on April 21. This action was taken so that my administration could put this completely behind us, and continue to serve our fellow residents and move our city-parish forward.”
The mayor-president said she hopes to hire a permanent chief administrative officer soon.
Broome has selected Dr. James Llorens to serve as the interim chief administrative officer, effective Tuesday, April 25.
“I look forward to having Dr. Llorens join our team,” Broome said. “I know that he will ‘hit the ground running,’ and contribute immensely to the important work we do daily. He has spent several years serving this community in a number of capacities, including here in city hall.”
Llorens previously served of director of intergovernmental relations; director of human services; and director of human resources during the Screen administration. He also served as assistant chief administrative officer during the Holden administration, with management and oversight of community development, workforce development, social services, and human resources.
A native of Alexandria and longtime resident of Baton Rouge, Llorens has also had a long career in education, with many years spent at Southern University. His last position there was as chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus from 2011 to 2014. Prior, he served as professor and department chair in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and dean of the graduate school. In 2015, after chairing a feasibility study on establishing a new private Catholic high school for underserved communities, Llorens was appointed founding president of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School. He retired from that position in December 2016.
Llorens’ volunteerism in the Baton Rouge community has also been extensive. He currently serves on the boards of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority and Care South, a federally qualified health center. His previous board appointments include service on Baton Rouge General Health System, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Foundation.
Llorens received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans; a master’s degree in urban affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a Ph.D. in political science from Louisiana State University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in public policy and minority communities at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.